William Roache called a Anne Kirkbride a 'love bomb'

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William Roache and Anne Kirkbride

William Roache has revealed he nicknamed the late Anne Kirkbride "love bomb" because she was such a kind and loving person.

William Roache has described the late Anne Kirkbride as a "love bomb".

The 'Coronation Street' actor - who is set to read a poem at a memorial service for his former on-screen wife tomorrow (30.05.15) - has revealed his nickname for the late actress, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

Speaking about filming the funeral of Anne's 'Corrie' character Deirdre Barlow - whom she played for over 40 years - William said: "It is a family and doing the funeral that we're doing of Deirdre next week, Annie will be there, we're just feeling her there the whole time ... I know I have never heard a single bad word or criticism about Annie, you couldn't. I used to call her a love bomb because she exploded with love so she was a love bomb. She liked that."

The 83-year-old star - who admits he spent as much time with Anne as he did with his own family - insists there will be laughter as well as tears at the memorial service because that's what she would have wanted.

He told ITV's 'Good Morning Britain': "There was always a laugh waiting from Annie, whatever we were doing. The more serious it was, the more likely there was going to be a laugh and tomorrow at her memorial service there'll be laughter. That's what she wants, she was a fun-loving person, she grabbed life, she loved life."

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